Retail sales in Britain increased by 5.9 percent in November compared with November 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.
All store types showed growth with the largest contribution coming from non-store retailing.
Although many claimed that ‘Black Friday’ events may not have been popular, sales were boosted by this as well as strong growth for non-food stores.
Compared with October 2016, the quantity bought was estimated to have increased by 0.2 percent; there was a mixed picture across store types with strong growth reported in some sectors.
The amount spent (value) in the retail industry increased by 5.9 percent compared with November 2015 and increased by 0.5 percent compared with October 2016.
The amount spent online increased by 24.9 percent compared with November 2015 and by 3.0 percent compared with October 2016.